August 25, 2006 |
The Nevada State Athletic Commission meted out its punishment to Jose Luis Castillo on Thursday for his failure to make weight for June's World Boxing Council lightweight title fight against Diego Corrales, causing the match to be canceled. In a unanimous vote by the four commissioners present at a hearing in Reno, Castillo was suspended for the remainder of the year, fined $250,000 and forbidden from fighting at less than 140 pounds in Nevada in the future.
June 3, 2006 |
Before a hushed crowd Friday afternoon in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace, Jose Luis Castillo stepped on a scale, sucked in his breath until his rib cage showed, lifted his heels and stretched his arms high above his head, acting as if minimal contact with the scale beneath him could somehow lower the reading. He didn't fool anybody. "Jose Luis Castillo, 139 1/2 pounds," announced Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
June 2, 2006 |
It is nervous time for Jose Luis Castillo. Saturday, he will be at the Thomas & Mack Center to complete his trilogy of lightweight battles against Diego Corrales. But it's not tomorrow he's concerned about. It's today. He's not worried about stepping into the ring so much as stepping onto the scale at Caesars Palace, in front of reporters, television cameras and fight fans, at today's weigh-in.
October 6, 2005 |
They are connected forever now. You mention one, you think about the other. Boxers Castillo and Corrales. Sports can do that. Magic had Bird, Nicklaus had Palmer, Sampras had Agassi. Ray Fosse had Pete Rose. It took only 2 minutes 6 seconds of the 10th round of a lightweight title fight here May 7 for Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico and Diego Corrales of Sacramento to bond their way into boxing lore. They are next of kin now, and they aren't even related.
May 8, 2005 |
In the 10th round Saturday night, Diego Corrales was in that twilight zone where boxers fear to tread. Mind hazy from two solid knockdowns in the round, legs wobbly, his left eye reduced to a slit by heavy swelling, his body enveloped in fatigue, Corrales seemed to be one Jose Luis Castillo punch away from defeat. Or, even worse, serious injury.
May 7, 2005 |
Diego Corrales still has a bitter taste in his mouth from the last time he stood in the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. On that night 19 months ago, his throat filled with blood from two ugly cuts in his lip, his jaw badly bruised, more blood trickling from a cut above his left eye, Corrales saw his career possibly slipping away through a bloody haze.